Award-winning photographer returns with more scenes of Mississippi

A new book of stunning Mississippi photographs joins the list of outstanding photography books that capture scenes around the state. Brandon outdoor photographer Joe Mac Hudspeth Jr. has published his second book, a collection of wildlife and scenic photos taken over a 30 year period.

Charles Hall, owner of Cover to Cover Books in Natchez, is pleased to present the book in his shop. “I highly recommend this book,” Hall said. “It is a beautiful book by a talented photographer. It is a great coffee table book and gift, especially for outdoorsmen.”

Located in the heart of the Natchez historic district, Cover to Cover likes to handle quality photography books and carries the works of noted Coast photographer Ken Murphy. Started in 1991, the bookstore also sells new, used, out-of-print and rare books.

Hudspeth’s book will be featured at Cover to Cover’s Natchez Book Party May 14, a literary event Hall began hosting last fall. For the May party, he is partnering with the Natchez Coffee Company on Franklin Street for the luncheon. Hudspeth will speak and give a power point presentation of his photos at the event. Later that day, the author/photographer will sign his book at Cover to Cover during the city’s Second Saturday in downtown Natchez.

Hudspeth released his first book, “In the Southern Wild,” in 2003. A self-taught photographer who has made the journey from amateur hobbyist to award-winning professional, he has been published more than 900 times in national, regional and state publications. In 1993, he received national recognition when his image of a least bittern, taken on the Ross Barnett Reservoir, was selected from more than 2,000 wildlife calendar photos and awarded the Grand Prize for Wildlife by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute for Natural History. His photographs have appeared on 12 Mississippi duck stamps and 14 Mississippi sportsman’s licenses.

Hall says the Natchez Book Parties have been well attended. The most recent was held at Magnolia Hall, a mansion owned by the Natchez Garden Club. The featured book was “The Haunting of Mississippi” by Barbara Sillery. Magnolia Hall was the perfect setting as it is one of the haunted houses noted in the book.

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